Finance guide to measuring biodiversity

Together with the EU Finance@Biodiversity Community and the signatories of the Finance for Biodiversity Pledge, we have developed a Guide to measuring biodiversity for financial institutions. As the loss of biodiversity becomes ever more urgent, financial institutions are looking for ways to quantify the impact of their finance and investment activities on biodiversity. The Guide on biodiversity measurement approaches provides a comprehensive overview of the biodiversity measurement tools that are currently in use and underway. The Guide will be presented in a webinar on April 1st, 2-3pm CET.

The need for this Guide was raised by signatories of the Finance for Biodiversity Pledge with respect to implementing commitment 3 of the Pledge – Assessing Impact. This new Guide serves as an annex to the Assessing Impact section of the Pledge’s more generic Guidance Document. The need for an overview of the various biodiversity measurement approaches developed specifically for financial institutions was also identified in within the Finance@Biodiversity Community under the EU Business@Biodiversity Platform. The format of the Guide was defined in collaboration with the banks, investors, insurers and impact funds that are active in the F@B Community and/or as Pledge signatories.

By involving the Workstream Methods, also part of the EU B@B Platform, the Guide builds on the series of reports entitled Assessment of biodiversity measurement approaches. This series is made for both companies and financial institutions and provides detailed guidance on the various approaches to measuring biodiversity and how to select metrics. The finance Guide is to be seen as a comprehensive summary of the information that is most relevant to financial institutions. It therefore offers a starting point for financial institutions interested in measuring biodiversity. Our intention is to publish an updated version of the Guide on biodiversity measurement approaches in 2022.

To register for the webinar on 1 April 2-3pm CET, please fill out this form.

Download the Guide on biodiversity measurement approaches.

Read more on the project page Finance for Biodiversity Pledge and in the Guidance document to the Pledge.

Read more on the project page EU Finance@Biodiversity Community, and check out the EU Business@Biodiversity Platform and the Workstream Methods report series.